Call for Papers: Cultural Economy and Intellectual Property — Paris 

On June 26 – 28, 2013, The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) will host its Fifth Annual Workshop entitled Cultural Economy and Intellectual Property. Proposals are due December 15, 2012. Here is a link to the call.

Topics include:

The following list is in no way exhaustive, but potential topics include:

The role of guilds, labor organizations and professional associations in developing copyright, patent, trademark, or related rights;

The cultural and economic strategies developed by authors, inventors and others for claiming ownership over their creations;

The relationship between trade customs and IP laws in a particular cultural or scientific domain;

The interplay of business practices and IP laws in a given industry or country;

The varied ways legislation and case law have actually affected the operations of book publishers, music distributors, designers, drug producers, software developers, etc.;

The shifting relationships among producers, distributors and consumers and the role of each in determining IP norms;

The interaction of state and market with respect to IP;

The cultural implications of using competition law to protect IP;

The cultural construction of economic theories related to IP;

Alternative economies and cultures of IP.

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